POPULAR television personality Calum Best has racked up the reality TV appearances over the years and is rarely off screen.
Now taking part in a new series of Celebs Go Dating, the son of footballer George Best is a notorious ladies’ man and now he’s a film star too. But what do we know about him? Here’s the lowdown…
Who is Calum Best, how old is he and what is his background?
Calum Best is a TV personality and former party animal who was born on February 6, 1981, in San Jose, California.
He’s now 36 and relocated from Los Angeles to the UK when he was 21, a move which has given an unusual America-British lilt to his accent.
His father is Northern Irish footballing legend George Best, who died aged 59 in 2005 when Calum was 24.
His mother is former model Angie Best, with whom Calum entered Celebrity Big Brother early in 2017.
Calum’s cousin is former EastEnders star Samantha Womack, who played Ronnie Mitchell.
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What is Calum Best known for doing?
Calum first made a name for himself in 2006, when he took part in ITV’s Celebrity Love Island.
He was also on the show, which returned to ITV2 after a 10 year hiatus, a year later – and won that series.
The tattooed heartbreaker then made a guest appearance on the reality TV show in 2015, to share his experiences with the current contestants.
Calum has 300,000 followers on Instagram
In September 2006, Calum appeared in a bizarre reality TV show where he, former Hollyoaks actor Paul Danan, and former Westlife bodyguard Fran Cosgrave drove America’s Route 66.
The road trip reality show – called Calum, Fran And Dangerous Danan – didn’t land a second series.
In the same year his road trip programme was released, Calum launched his own fragrance.
When he released self-titled scent with Jigsaw ESL, he claimed: “I had all the input into the smell. I chose the smell, I chose the bottle, I chose the packaging, the whole thing.”
The product proved so popular that the brand decided to commission him two more aftershave products.
Calum best has been on dozens of shows through the years, and has even worked as a TV judge
If Calum hadn’t already got his fingers in enough pies, he decided to try his hand at judging in 2009.
He appeared as a guest panelist on Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend, a reincarnation of her My New BFF franchise.
TV competitions seemed to be Calum’s forte in 2010, when he appeared on Celebrity Come Dine With Me – cooking against Janice Dickinson, Samantha Fox and Jade Goody’s former partner Jeff Brazier.
He also appeared on All Star Family Fortunes with Denise Welch, before vanishing from the public eye.
When did Calum Best first appear on Celebrity Big Brother?
After six years out of the spotlight, Calum landed a spot on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015.
He was joined by huge characters including Katie Hopkins, Perez Hilton, Katie Price, Cami Li, Patsy Kensit, Alicia Douvall, Keith Chegwin, Michelle Visage and Ken Morley.
Calum appeared on CBB with Katie Hopkins, Perez Hilton, Cami Li and Katie Price
While in the house, he flirted up a storm with Kirk Norcross’ now ex-girlfriend Cami and finished the show in third place.
Then, two years later he ended up on the “all stars” edition of Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, and in January he flashed his bum to a shocked Stacy Francis.
However, overall he was accused of being a bit boring by the public and other housemates, and he became the tenth housemate to be evicted – just short of the final.
Calum’s most recent girlfriend was stunning Lindsey Pelas
Is Calum Best single?
Calum is notorious for his ability to charm ladies from all walks of life, and the singleton is bound to do well on the new series of Celebs Go Dating.
The blue-eyed hunk’s most recent girlfriend was UFC Octagon girl Lindsey Pelas – a former Playboy model from the States.
However The Sun revealed that he had dumped her prior to going into the Celebrity Big Brother house in early 2017 and started the series a single man.
In June 2017 it was revealed Calum had “intimate relations” with current Love Island star Jessica Shears after dumping Lindsey and back in October 2016, he was pictured snogging TOWIE star Chloe Sims in the car park of a Surrey restaurant.
Calum’s past conquests include Lindsay Lohan, Bianca Gascoigne, Georgia Salpa, Sarah Harding, Jodie Marsh, Caprice Bourret and Real Housewife Brandi Glanville who he met on a dating reality show in the US.
Most recently he was spotted getting cosy with tattooed model Lindsey Lou on a date in Soho.
What else has Calum done lately?
This year marks a major image overhaul for Calum, starting with his first starring role in a movie.
Low-budget comedy movie Dangerous Game sees him play a Premier League footballer who gets involved with the Russian mob.
Calum believes this project marks the beginning of his new life on the big screen as he’s always wanted to be an actor.
Also in 2017 Calum has hit the gym, and taken on fitness bootcamps, hard to get in shape and leave behind his indulgent playboy lifestyle for good.
He even reunited with his ex Sarah Harding in London and showed they’re still on good terms eleven years on from their romance, and also met with his dad’s old team mate Sir Bobby Charlton.
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